The Los Angeles Lakers need to do something before the start of the 2022-23 season because with this roster the team is going nowhere. Depth is going to be an issue again and of course Russell Westbrook is still on the books.
There has been a lot of speculation about a trade with Westbrook and it looks like the Lakers may have to move on as a Kyrie Irving deal no longer seems likely. There are several ways the Lakers can pivot, most requiring the team to trade two first-round picks.
The cost of trading future picks could be softened if the Lakers get a younger player back in the package and that may be exactly what Rob Pelinka is trying to do. Los Angeles has reportedly had conversations with the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz about being the third team in a trade with Donovan Mitchell, which we reported here at Lake Show Life.
Among the players the Lakers want to bring to Los Angeles is 2019 lottery pick Cam Reddish. Mike Scotto of Hoops Hype reports that the Lakers had an interest in trading for Reddish and nearly did so last season in a three-team trade involving Talen Horton-Tucker.
Cam Reddish would be a smart flyer for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cam Reddish hasn’t had a fantastic NBA career so far and most people would probably say the 10th overall pick was a disappointment. However, there is still potential in his game and if the Lakers could acquire him, it would be a good idea.
The only way that happens is if it’s part of something bigger, like a three-team trade for Mitchell. The Lakers won’t be able to send anything just for Cam Reddish. But that’s what makes it so great. The reddish would be seen as a disposable asset in the package that could flourish with the development of LA’s players.
The six-eight winger has a lot of potential as a two-way player in this league. He’s always been a capable defender and could flourish more once the Lakers get their hands on him, especially with Anthony Davis.
Offensively, Reddish hasn’t been great at shooting the ball so far in his career, but the potential is definitely there. He may never be an elite three-point shooter, but the Lakers could work on his craft and make him an average to above-average off-ball shooter.
Prior to being traded to the Knicks, who had one of the league’s worst facilitators with injured Derrick Rose last season, Reddish was shooting 37.9 percent on 9.4 threes per game. While the shot count is a bit high, if Reddish can shoot 38 percent three-for-six threes per game, that would be huge for Los Angeles.
The team doesn’t have many other outlets to lure young talent to the roster. With future picks potentially traded, adding former lottery talent like Reddish is the way to go.